Westchester Wine School - Premium Wine Tasting (Bar Lees, Mamaroneck, NY): Drank at WWS premium tasting. Ruby core, with a fairly generous woodsy, earthy nose. Lots of ripe black fruit on the palate, along with pepper, spice, herbs and exhibiting a definite earthy, barnyard or woodsy character. Wonderful complexity and lovely balance here. This wine has plenty of ripe fruit but isn't too sweet; its a big wine, but is also quite lean with very subtle nuances. Soft & silky tannins too. A great CdP that is still quite young. I believe it will only get better over the next 5 years or more. This was my #2 WOTN, and overall voted the #3 WOTN by the WWS crowd.
(Decanted for two hours.) This bottle is slightly less closed than the one I had a few months ago. The color is a brooding purple and black. The bouquet, which evolves slowly in the glass, is a beautifully layered assortment of ripe red and black berries, hog jowl, coffee beans, fried fennel, moist earth and a touch of barnyard. Full-bodied, weighty and opulent in the mouth, the rich kirsch, blackberry, plum, beef blood, wild spices, espresso bean and black trumpet mushroom flavors seem animated or amplified. The generous acidity provides additional lift and the huge sweet tannins bristle with energy. There is also mineralité (a distinct iron note) in the firm, focused minute-long finish. In the end, this flat-out masterpiece of a young wine achieves the impossible: all the lush, bigger-than-life parts are knitted into a seamless and harmonious whole. Sadly, it is shutting down.
Blindly watching The Masters (Chez S1): Tasted just after 2010 Janasse Chaupin and just before 2010 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée. Decanted for two and a half hours. Of the seven wines on the tasting this was the favorite of no one and the least favorite most tasters (my least favorite). Right now this wine is a hot, bitter, dark-fruited, oaky mess. The fruit is muted; I get very little sense of place. Maybe it will come around at some point. I drank 2009 at the domaine in 2011 and absolutely loved it. I sure hope that time heals these wounds.
This remains one of my benchmarks for a Châteauneuf-du-Pape and it continues to floor me. It is impressively dark in color; in fact, black and purple at the core. The nose is a tad tighter than I remember, though it retains much of the freshness and complexity of its youth. Full-bodied and thick in the mouth, the flavors of plums, red fruits, blood, and Provençal herbs fan out across the palate and persist for nearly a minute. The acidity is perfectly balanced so there is nothing grotesque or over extracted about this wine. Nice ripe tannins provide cut and grip. A masterpiece that seems to be a bit closed at the moment. And though it needs some rest, it remains an impressively gorgeous wine.
Blasts off with a massive, multi-layered dose of fat layers with juicy, sexy fruits. The wine is about silk, ripeness and peppery spices. Tthis coats your mouth while delivering freshness and complexity that makes you think and drink. If you love Chateauneuf du Pape, you need to try a bottle. In the years to come, this could earn a higher score.
Un nez subtil et complexe, avec épices et menthol, fruit frais, garrigue...La bouche est moderne mais magnifique. C'est dense et frais, très concentré et élégant, profond et lonnnnnnng. Un vin spectaculaire comme le 2007. Je suis persuadé qu'il s'agit du 2010. Un grand vin, encore bien jeune mais déjà spectaculaire. 97 pts
My birthday week is the perfect opportunity (or excuse?) to decant (one hour) another bottle. Black color lurks in the dusky purple robe. With swirling, a vibrant and complex nose emerges of black fruits, anise, rosemary, sage, pepper, coffee beans, dark chocolate and just a hint of funk. Broad and full-bodied, the wine coats the mouth with glycerin viscosity. The concentrated ripe fruit, coffee and olive flavors are huge, almost decadent, and are enlivened by juicy uplifting acidity. The long-lasting finish is rich and creamy and laced with plums, herbs, cocoa and minerals and the big and sweet tannins scarcely call attention to themselves. How can something this powerful be so seamless, effortless and balanced? This very young wine will surely get better with time, but even in its infancy it inspires awe. Happy birthday to me. 100 points. (And I still want 10 cases just for me!)
Although very enjoyable, I didn't find this bottle close to the 100 pt quality many described here. I didn't find much words about the nose here despite many praises. One note says the nose is shy, and I agree with that. The nose reveals more hay than anything. And it's kind of muted other than that. We decanted and drank it along the way for 3-4 hours. Nose still didn't open up. On the palate it's complex and balanced. Very smooth, especially at this stage. Nice enjoyable finish, but not that long. Maybe like the previous note suggested, it has entered a stage of deep sleep. Don't drink it now.
This wine is clearly entering a deep sleep closing down all its splendor. Still very good but nothing compared to the first bottle I drank in Jan 2013.
Do yourself a favor, do not touch this for the next 8-10 years!
If you want to get a hint of how this will evolve - then you should purchase a bottle of Domaine Julienne Reserve 2000 and open it. The level of power, elegance and complexity will be comparable (not the taste) and you will, with a smile, look forward to the day when the Janasse VV has morphed into a transcendent experience :-)
This wine has it all--in spades! Decanted four hours. The color is very deep purple. Even after the long decant, the aromas emerge slowly with vigorous swirling. On display is the full panoply of primary scents—cherries, plums, violets, garrigue, rosemary, licorice, sage, coffee and just the suggestion of animal. The flavors (again plums, cherries and coffee) are huge and deep and are balanced by cutting acidity and sweet tannins. This is some big stuff and the finish lasts a minute. Despite its size and weight the wine is neither heavy nor tiring. It remains lithe and lissome. Perfect. Wish I had ten cases just for myself.
Inky black/purple color with an enormous nose of sage, menthol, hot tar, and black cherry. Mouth coating black fruits, anise, and meat drippings. Endlessly juicy finish…young perfection. Paired with Lindy and Grundy pork chops marinated in white wine and an assemble of sweet spices.
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Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010 - Check-up on 20 Top names; 5/1/2013-11/29/2013: Medium purple. Slightly reserved nose of black berries, licorice and cherry/kirsch, very fruity Grenache style. On the palate outstanding balance between gripping tannins, full body and fresh acidity, again the strength of the 2010 vintage comes through. Even the 15.5% alcohol CdP are not that heavy in 2010, great! RP gave this wine 100Pt., many readers on this website 96-100, I personally think this wine needs more aromatic complexity to score beyond 95pt; we'll see what the future brings. In any case, the wine has now closed down big time. I would not touch this until 2020.
Charming and elegant. I dont agree to the other authors which mention that this is a monster not ready to be consumed and enjoyed yet.
Of course it has more body and structure than a Chaupin and its a bit young with astringent aftertaste. But I think it can fully be enjoyed already now (preferably with food whereas I often enjoy the Chaupin with good company instead).
In addition I was not able to find any sharpness in this bottle, as opposed to the VV 2009. I am not sure whether this or the Chaupin is my favourite wine. I would recommend wine lovers being new to Janasse to taste both before making any buying decisions purely on tasting notes written here. I am happy to have both in my cellars.
On the other hand I dont favor the regular CdP of this winery.
After drinking this wine I was able to order 6 more of this for a thrilling 99 € / bottle. I dont think the VV and the Chaupin of 2009 and 2010 will decrease in price over next years.
Too young but will develop greatness. Majestic wine! Blackish violet. Was opened by mistake, but instead of sulking we practiced gluttony :-))) Dark Grenache tones with more aromas than I can describe run around in the nose. Including: fennel, garrigue, very dark cherries, tar, raw meat, bitter almonds and ... the smell of earth worms in the rain. In the mouth this is a concentrated and mouth-staining wine of grande proportions. Great quality L+ tannins, M+ acids and a tight, well-behaved bitterness at the end. Superbly balanced, muscular and elegant. A restrained and disciplined power house. Difficult to get too much of this one. Score reflects the MUCH better showing after 36 hrs. Only 2 btls left. Next one 2025-ish.
Decanted for about an hour prior to drinking. Almost no sediment. Very dark color. There is lots to like about the nose, and it changed quite a bit over the several hours consuming it. Lots of berry concentration along with sage and rosemary. High strung at the beginning, and it mellowed a bit over time. On the mouth this wine is quite astringent and tightly wound up. There was not as much fruit concentration as I was expecting, and it's clearly still coming together. It's a little backward now, with high tannin and acidity, and the fruit concentration hiding behind. High alcohol (15.5%), but that was largely concealed. Not seeing much yet in the way of secondary flavors and smells quite yet. With the concentration, tannins and acidity this wine should age tremendously and develop quite a bit. Still a baby, but interesting to taste at this stage if you have a few bottles.
Phenomenal wine!!! This is one of the best wines I have ever tasted. Intoxicating complex nose offering truffle honey, an array of red and dark berries, touch of herbes de Provence and combined with an elegant sense of minirality. This is again offered on the palate with the exact amount of tannins keeping this wine in perfect balance. The wine was decanted for 6 hours before consumption and served at around 19-20 degrees Celcius.
A blockbuster wine with all the right elements for a perfect scores 7-10 years from now.
La Janasse at The Oxford Wine Circle (Oxford University): Atta kind of a wine! I would have made the trip to Oxford solely to taste this natural beauty. It extremelly more powerful and even more compex than the Chaupin of the same vintage; this Janasse Vieilles Vignes 2010 just blew my senses away. Scientifically...it has everything you would like to get from Chateauneuf-du-Pape vieilles vignes, Period.
Beautiful dark fruits, chocolate, herbs and spices in the bouquet. On the palate beautifully ripe fruits, lovely sweetness and firm but beautiful acidity. Soft tannin with a good bite and a great length. Extremely well balanced wine. Needs time to show all its complexity and finesse. Try between 2018 and 2020. Around 2025 I would like to taste this wine again to see what the real potential is. 96++ for now.
took a few hours to really shine, but when it did....whoa! while i'm not a typical drinker of the s. rhone, this is utterly profound! immense complexity of soil, minerals, dark fruit, herbs, and grilled meats. seamless in the mouth. ripe, but never pruney or hot. nice dose of acid that is almost in complete contradiction to the level of ripeness to the fruit. great intensity and richness on the palate. finishes with dark fruits and dirt. very happy to have another bottle resting.
First wine to me for a 100pts rating. This wine has everything. Tons of fruit, dazzling complexity, ripe as hell but with great acidity. On the nose there is red fruit, spices, meat and you cant stop smelling this beauty. It enters your pallet like a bulldozer. The acidity adds tension and makes this a complete wine thats will last many many years. Try to get this, while it's still affordable!
Looking forward to taste this wine after having great experience with Janasse Chaupin 2009 and VV 2009 recently. Nice nose, it is not as floral and forward as 2009 Chaupin but is better than 2009 VV. Intense Grenache dominates at the moment. Notes of licorice, black berry, and coffee. Clean with very good structure, comparatively 2009 VV is more pure but with lighter structure. Smooth and silky on entry with very sweet tannins (sweeter than 2009 VV). Fresh acidity, a bit higher than 2009 VV. Great balance from get go. Overall, this is slightly better than 2009 vintage. Let's see how it hold up 24 hrs later. In the the last few months, I have tasted 2001, 2009, and 2010 VV, very consistent in quality for all 3 vintages scoring between 95 to 98 pts. 2010 VV is the best of the three.
This wine was so concentrated that it left a creamy feeling on my lips after sipping it! It, indeed, is the best Janasse Vieilles Vignes ever made and has most of the characteristics of the 2001, 2007, and 2009. To anyone considering buying this beauty or any CdP 2010... Take note that a domain producing such great wines almost every vintage will, very soon, FLASH on everybody's radar (not only Parker's fans'). I won't be surprised if, in some years, only a very few of us will be able to get any.
Popped and followed over several hours. Shy nose compared to the ’09, with spice and currants. Clean, polished, and highly structured palate. Very fresh, concentrated fruit, with a slightly brighter profile than ’09, and lacking any blue fruit. Spice, flint, mocha and earth on a long finish. Lots of dry, but fine polished tannins. Tons of fruit here, but behind a massively structured wine. Hangs on the palate for a long time with lots of complexity adding a coffee note, but much less “easy” to drink now than the ‘09. Little hedonistic pleasure now, but great freshness, poise, and polish. Could be incredible in 5+yrs, hard to pin down now. If this is a “modern” styled ’10, it should be an incredible vintage. Future score 95+
Sorry for this rather long note, but this wine was served blind tonight and at first sniff I immediately started thinking of the 09 vintage in Hermitage(!) perhaps this says a lot about my inexperience in wine tasting but phrased in another way this effort shows so much Syrah complexity I am just stunned. The first impression is abundance of white flowers and white pepper, but after about 10 minutes the classy and luxurious dark fruit appears with perfect balance and elegance. The palate is extremely clean, full throttle and superbly kept together. Tannins are rather harsh and expressive, yet soft and silky... The finish just goes on and on. I am thrilled by the complexity this adolescent is showing tonight and I can only imagine what is to come. A S-U-P-E-R wine! (score served blind without proper food is 98+)
Chateauneuf du Pape, France - Tasted at Domaine: Tasted with Isabel Sabon. Aromatic Bouquet of dark fruits, earth, spices. On the palate, big, forward dark fruits, cassis, smoke, earth. Isabel recommended 7-8 years aging. Should be worth the wait.